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From the Desk of the President


August 1, 2018

Year 5, Day 1

Hello Monarch Family:

Well, it’s hard to believe that today is Day 1 of Year 5 as President of Los Angeles Valley College, and I am sending my usual “work-i-versary” email to say how happy I am to be your President and to say how much I am looking forward to this next year.

Many of you have asked how my niece, Paige’s, wedding went in June and about the wedding cake and cupcakes, so I have attached a picture of both to this email.  The wedding itself went off without a hitch, and I managed to make the cake and 125 cupcakes between the time I arrived at our house in Vermont at 3:00 pm on Thursday and 4:00 pm on Friday; the wedding started at 5:00 pm.  Before you ask, yes, I did get some sleep that night, but not much.  It was 89 degrees while I baked in our un-air conditioned kitchen with three fans pointed in my direction.  The only glitch in the entire adventure was that once it was time for the cake to be cut, I carried it down the incline that is somewhat visible in the picture, and a close family friend helped me carry the various trays of cupcakes.  Well, she lost her footing on the way down with one tray and about 15 cupcakes went flying.  In the end, we had plenty, but it was pretty funny. 

The day after the wedding, our entire family traveled to Wells Beach, Maine as we usually do in July to begin a two-week vacation at the beach.  During our annual trip, we always have two tournaments that the family participates in:  a cribbage tournament and a back-alley bridge tournament.  Well, I won the back-alley bridge tournament this year, so I have attached a picture of the trophy that gets passed each year to the winner.  Back-alley bridge, in case you haven’t heard of it, is like a combination of Hearts and Bridge, and it’s really fun.  And, no, there was no money at stake….just bragging rights and the opportunity to display the trophy all year.  Oh, and the weather and the lobster were wonderful, too.

The upcoming 2018-2019 year promises to be one of change as the district (and college) implement a new funding formula and we work on our Guided Pathways implementation.  In my comments on Opening Day, which I’ve already been told can be no more than 10 minutes (stop cheering), I will go into more detail about the funding formula and what it means for the college for this year and going forward.  In July, I began my stint as the administrative co-Chair of the District Budget Committee, and this committee will make recommendations to the Chancellor regarding the new funding formula implementation in our district.  I am attending a statewide budget workshop on August 15th where more details about how the new formula works will be shared, and what I learn there will be part of my Opening Day comments. 

This morning was the first meeting of a small steering/advisory group on re-branding our college, including redesigning our website, especially as we embark on our Guided Pathways efforts.  We hope to have completed the re-branding effort in time for Fall 2019, which will be the start of the college’s 70th anniversary.  My Opening Day remarks will also include information on our upcoming Partnership Resource Team (PRT) visit of peers from across the state to help us establish an integrated Professional Development program for all employees on our campus.

So, I look forward to seeing all of you at the faculty Opening Day on Thursday, August 23rd and at the staff Opening Day on Friday, August 24th.  In the meantime, again, I am thankful to be here at THE Valley College and I feel quite fortunate to work with all of you!

Y’all ROCK!

QOTTH ("Queen of the Tree House")

Erika A. Endrijonas, Ph.D.
Los Angeles Valley College
5800 Fulton Avenue
Valley Glen, CA  91401
Twitter:  @LAVCPrez

Download a copy of President Endrijonas Campus Email - August 1, 2018 [PDF]; Attachment: Wedding Cake and Cupcakes [JPG], Back Alley Trophy [JPG]



From the Desk of President Endrijonas